Cosmic Rays Sunday

NEW ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION RESULTS: For the past two+ years, and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been monitoring cosmic rays in the atmosphere above California using high-altitude space weather balloons. After more than 100 flights, they find that dose rates have increased over the Golden State by 13% since March 2015.

Now we know the same thing is happening over New England–only more so.


The Earth to Sky team has flown balloons over Maine and New Hampshire four times since 2015, most recently on June 15, 2017. Although the data are relatively sparse compared to the better-sampled west coast, the results are clear. Radiation in the stratosphere over the northeastern corner of the USA is not only stronger than California, but also intensifying much faster–a 19% increase in New England vs. 13% in California.

What’s happening? Generally speaking, cosmic rays are increasing throughout the entire solar system. This is because of the sunspot cycle. The sun is currently plunging toward a deep Solar Minimum. As it descends, the sun’s weakening magnetic field and flagging solar wind provides less and less shielding against high-energy particles from deep space. Every planet in the Solar System is getting an extra dose.



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10 Responses to Cosmic Rays Sunday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Just what I need,

    An extra dose.

    Of caffeine.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    There and part way back was 49 minutes on the sticks. There was the Zoe Coffeeshop and Pub. There was Keadrin Dick, the cellist, who invited me to join her at her table. We had a good time discussing matters musical, mostly. At length.

    Today I finally opened the box with my new boots to try the fit. The old ones are completely down at the heels and the thought is that causes my right foot problems. Indeed, this trip involved less pain and the residual may go away after some adjusting time…

    By the way, I will have to go back to the bird book now that I have had a better look.


  3. Den says:

    Went to Big Trees to cool off, it worked. One problem, beer was in fridge at home,


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Geez, DOC! You’ve bounced back with a vengeance, lol. Just read yesterday’s string of constant posts from you, and I was chuckling. Today’s posts…it’s like you’re back to your old self, which means YOU’RE FEELING A LOT BETTER. 🙂


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Unable to identify the bird after looking through the Washington state list of birds. 😦


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